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Local science class sends experiment to space

Rochester, N.Y. Months of work, worry and excitement all came together Thursday for some Rochester City High School students.

Their science experiment literally took off and is bound for the International Space Station.

The experiment involves a micro-animal, Edgar Junior, commonly known as a water bear. They're tough little creatures.

Cheyanne Jeffery and Vicki-Ann Aman are students at the Rochester Early College International High School and days in science class don't get much bigger than this.

"I've never felt this happy in my life before," says Jeffery, a Senior.

Their experiment is one of just a couple dozen from high schools around the country, chosen by NASA, to take this ride.

"I think its really important because this is real world," said Mary Courtney, a Chemistry teacher. "The results that they come up with can be used by NASA for further research."

Now the girls cant wait for March when NASA returns Edgar and his friends to this science class.

"They're supposed to come back to life," says Courtney. "That's what these things do. We dry them and they come back to life. So were going to see if that happens in microgravity."

While the experiment is being done at the International Space Station, they will be doing a controlled experiment here on earth.

The class had to raise about $20,000 once the project was approved.


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